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Bobby Rogers Dead, the Miracles Singer Dies at 73

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Bobby Rogers, member of the legendary Motown group the Miracles, died in his Southfield, Mich., home on Sunday (Mar. 3) after years of serious illness. He was 73.

“Another soldier in my life has fallen,” Smokey Robinson, who co-founded the group with Rogers, said in a statement. “Bobby Rogers was my brother and a really good friend. He and I were born on the exact same day in the same hospital in Detroit. I am really going to miss him. I loved him very much.”

Rogers, Robinson, Ronnie White, Pete Moore and Claudette Rogers formed the Miracles in 1965, and became one of Motown Records’ big groups during the label’s early years. They churned out various hits including, ‘Shop Around,’ ‘Tracks of My Tears’ and ‘The Tears of a Clown,’ as well as topped the charts with ‘Love Machine’ in 1976.

Rogers also worked on a number of songs with Robinson for other big groups at the time including the Temptations‘ ‘The Way You Do the Things You Do’ and the Contours’ ‘First I Look at the Purse.’

The Miracles performed together till the late ’70s, and Rogers opened his own interior design business.

However, no one forgot the impact Rogers and the Miracles had on R&B music, and the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Watch ‘Tracks of My Tears’ by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

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